The Call of Earth Hardcover – Jan 1993
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From Library Journal
Following the sometimes dubious directives of the dying Oversoul--an orbiting computer that has preserved peace on the planet Harmony for millennia, Naifeh and his family prepare to voyage to the stars in search of the planet called Earth. With characteristic insights into the moral nature of the individual, Card explores the ramifications that face those persons chosen to answer a "higher call." This second volume of the "Homecoming" will appeal to the author's many fans and is a good purchase for most libraries.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Top Customer Reviews
The Oversoul has been responsible for keeping mental blocks in place that prevent humans from engaging in warfare and other lesser activities. But as the computer grows weaker, Moozh, a great warrior intent on flouting the will of the Oversoul, has raised an army using forbidden technology and is ready to attack Basilica, home of Nafai and his family. However, taking actions to stoop Moozh only delays the effort to get the Oversoul back to Earth.
While the quest to return to Earth is the driving story of the novel, the main appeal of "The Call of Earth" is the interaction between the main characters. Nafai's position as the Oversoul's chosen spokesperson makes him somewhat bolder in expressing his affections for Luet, the object of his affections, but puts him at odds against his older half-brothers Ellemak and Mebbekew, who are murderously jealous about the new order. These stories will remind you of Old Testament tales of prophetic visions and brothers bent on killing brothers, and the book's ending will have the same sort of biblical resonance.
The Harmony part of this series concludes with the third volume, "The Ships of Earth," before moving on to the two Homecoming books.Read more ›
This novel is just like the first one, in that the characterization is excellent, and the pace is fast. The novel kept me intrigued from the get-go, and also added more tension between certain members in the family. You will be able to see the pressure building that will eventually lead to a climax in later novels. In comparison to other novels in the series, this one shows the most unique aspects of the series. There is interaction between different cultures, and you catch a glimpse of life on Harmony. Furthermore, the reader gets to see part of the whole plan designed by the Oversoul to bring Volemak's family together. Enjoy this and get ready for the next one!
Orson Scott Card writes great literature. He ties in an underlying philosophy to every novel and set of books that he writes. After you read one of his books, you come away a better person than you were when you started.
The Call of Earth is no exception. This book tells the story of a man fighting his whole life against the influences of god, only to realize that everything he that he does to resist only aids god in his final cause. It puts under the microscope what happens to people when they realize that maybe god isn't all knowing and that sometimes he needs help. The story is also displays humanity at its best (love, compassion, faith, empathy, and the ability to except the ideas of others), and at its worst (Greed, jealousy, lust, religious hysteria, and pride).
The characters are all expanded upon nicely, and a few minor ones come in to the fore ground adding a refreshing change.
The ending could not have been better written and I was not the least bit disappointed.
If you're looking for action and adventure don't read the set. If you're looking for a story that will stick with you your whole life, by all means, indulge yourself!
Most recent customer reviews
Pleasant enough writing, but I was deeply disturbed when two thirteen-year-olds wed and consummated their marriage, despite the fact that pretty much everyone in the book, the... Read morePublished on May 28 2004
This is an all around excellent book. An incredible cast of characters, a great plot, plenty of crazy twists and turns, and dialect that brings it all to life. Read morePublished on Jan. 24 2004 by Chip Hunter
OSC has done it again. This book is truly one of the best book's I have ever read. If you liked Ender's Game then you should like this as well. Read morePublished on Sept. 11 2003 by Forest J. Handford
Listened to this book while travelling. I have read and listed to the Ender's Saga. In between finishing those early books and starting the Homecoming series I discovered OSC's... Read morePublished on Sept. 30 2002 by Marsha Wheatley
I'm quite a fan of Orson Scott Card, and I appreciate that he lets his faith infuse his writing. Although not a Morman, I
recognize Card's inherent morality as one of his... Read more
My congratulations to Card on a fine work. This whole series is very good. He has created an entire civilization and society with rules and laws. Read morePublished on Aug. 21 2002 by Sonterro
First of all, this is a great book. While it's practically impossible to read unless you've read the one before it, that's how it is with most series'. Read morePublished on June 22 2001
I am a big fan of all of Card's books. This is another one of his spectacular works which portrays his wonderful way with characters and emotions. Read morePublished on May 27 2001 by D. Broockman
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